Amur Tigers

Meet the largest of the big cats. We are home to two Amur tigers, male ‘Samkha’ and female ‘Sarma’.

A big size can still mean stealth

Moving quietly through the birch forests of the Amur Valley are skilled hunters whose distinctive coats are used as camouflage and keep them warm in the harsh climates of Russia and China. Amur tigers are known for being solitary creatures who only come together to mate, and use scent-marking to establish their territory. Being a big cat comes with a big appetite – Amur tigers can eat nearly 60 pounds of food in one sitting.


  • IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (at very high risk of extinction in the wild)
  • Type: Mammal
  • Habitat: Mountain forests in eastern Russia and China
  • Diet: Carnivore – wild boar, deer, and antelope
  • Size: 10.75 feet
  • Weight: 660 pounds
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Fun Facts about Tigers

Tigers are excellent swimmers and can swim across rivers and lakes.

No two tigers have the exact same stripes.

Tigers hunt at night.

A female tiger can have a litter of two to six cubs at a time.

The Amur tiger has a longer and thicker coat than any other tiger species.

An Amur tiger’s canine teeth can be 2.5 to 3 inches long – the longest of any predator.

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